Like a House on Fire by Beth H

Title: Like a House on Fire
Author: Beth H
Fandom: due South
Pairing(s): Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Genres: Angst, First Time
Word Count: 90,974

Summary: “In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, ‘It’s deja vu all over again.'”

Why You Should Read This: I’m newer to the due South fandom, and this came recommended to me. While most post-series stories in due South fandom focus on Ray moving up North to Canada to live with Fraser, this one takes a decidedly different tact. Instead, Fraser has moved up to Canada, while Ray stayed back in Chicago. Ray gets a chance to head North on a prisoner-transport case, and gives Fraser a surprise visit.

Fraser, as we find out, has let himself go a bit, as he’s languished at a boring new assignment in small-town Canada. His care and feelings for Ray, while at the same time being so reserved because he’s gained some weight, makes him feel so much more real as a character. Ray and Fraser dance around each other for a while, even through a Chicago-related case that happens in Fraser’s small town, and the payoff is spectacular. If you’ve ever wanted to read a feel-good first time fic in this fandom, this is the one.

This is an epically long read, but it’s honestly one of the absolute best fics in all of due South fandom.


  1. I haven’t explored the Due South fandom as much as I could have, so I’m grateful for this rec 😀

    • It is amazing! I stumbled upon it almost by accident, and loved it. And you know me – I’m a slow reader, so this took me forever to finish!!

      • I think both authors who wrote it (the author’s notes say it was co-written with Kellie Matthews) are both pretty popular Due South authors, so I’m very excited to read this. I probably avoided reading it at first because the summary doesn’t really give a sense of what the fic is about, lol.

        I do know you, so the fact that you rec’d it is good enough for me!

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